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October 16, 1996 | DENISE GELLENE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Allan Mayer, a co-founder of Buzz magazine, resigned as editor on Tuesday, reportedly over differences with a consultant hired by the Los Angeles publication's wealthy Thai owner. Mayer's resignation comes six months after another co-founder, Susan Gates, was forced out as publisher in a dispute involving management consultant Ned Kennan. With Mayer gone, only one of the magazine's co-founders, Eden Collinsworth, remains.
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April 30, 1998 | Marla Matzer
At least one other Los Angeles company besides Walt Disney Co. was interested in buying Buzz magazine, which filed for Bankruptcy Court protection and closed this week. Disney-owned Fairchild Publications plans to pay $5.3 million for Buzz's subscription list and trademarks. Detour magazine, an L.A.-based monthly with a paid circulation of about 115,000, made a play to acquire Buzz and keep it afloat, said President and Chief Executive John Evans.
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BUSINESS
April 23, 1996 | DENISE GELLENE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Behind the recent shake-up in the publisher's suite at Buzz magazine is a brash image consultant from Brooklyn who's helped sell the public on everything from luncheon meats to politicians. Ned Kennan is evidently taking no prisoners in his quest to remake the flashy, money-losing publication.
BUSINESS
April 29, 1998 | MARLA MATZER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Reducing Los Angeles' city magazines to one, 8-year-old Buzz magazine closed suddenly Tuesday after mounting losses prompted the majority owner to file for bankruptcy. Employees in Buzz's West Los Angeles offices were assembled Tuesday, informed that Buzz was closing and asked to clear out of their offices by day's end. The magazine's June issue, already completed, will be Buzz's last.
BUSINESS
April 29, 1998 | MARLA MATZER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Reducing Los Angeles' city magazines to one, 8-year-old Buzz magazine closed suddenly Tuesday after mounting losses prompted the majority owner to file for bankruptcy. Employees in Buzz's West Los Angeles offices were assembled Tuesday, informed that Buzz was closing and asked to clear out of their offices by day's end. The magazine's June issue, already completed, will be Buzz's last.
BUSINESS
March 13, 1996 | DENISE GELLENE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Susan Gates resigned as publisher of Buzz magazine Tuesday in what her successor called a disagreement over the direction of the 5-year-old Los Angeles publication. At the same time, the magazine announced unspecified plans for an expansion that is expected to include a foray into such unrelated services as home shopping. Allan Mayer, the magazine's new publisher, declined to discuss why Gates left, and she could not be reached for comment.
BUSINESS
March 26, 1998 | DENISE GELLENE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sharon Chada reaches into her tote bag, pulling from it the March issue of Buzz magazine, with actress Julianna Margulies on the cover. "Look at this," Chada laments, rifling through articles about "ER" star Margulies, Oscar hype and teenage homophobia in Los Angeles high schools. "There are no 'must reads' here." Chada is more than a disappointed reader. She is the new majority owner of Buzz, the struggling 8-year-old magazine about Los Angeles.
BUSINESS
February 23, 1993 | JAMES BATES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
American Express is expected to announce as early as today the sale of its trendy L.A. Style magazine to the operators of Buzz, another Los Angeles-based magazine. Neither Buzz nor American Express would confirm the sale. A spokeswoman for Buzz would say only that the magazine plans an announcement this morning. Executives at L.A. Style did not return calls. It is unknown whether the monthly L.A. Style will continue publishing in the wake of the sale.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 1993
STUNG: Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich is hopping mad over an article in the September issue of Buzz magazine that names him as one of the eight worst politicians in the county. Antonovich, who has represented the north county on the Board of Supervisors since 1980, is depicted in a caricature with his hand in a cookie jar while such luminaries as Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alatorre dine on bags of cash. Also named in the story are Sheriff Sherman Block, City Atty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 1997 | REBECCA ANDRADE
Although writer Sandra Tsing Loh was born in Newport Beach and raised in Malibu, she spent summers in Egypt, Brazil and other places she remembers as more stressful than exotic. Accounts of brushes with terrorists are typical of her tales of travels with her eccentric family. But it's the San Fernando Valley that captures Loh's imagination. For four years, the 35-year-old Van Nuys resident wrote a regular column about the Valley for trendy Buzz magazine.
BUSINESS
March 26, 1998 | DENISE GELLENE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sharon Chada reaches into her tote bag, pulling from it the March issue of Buzz magazine, with actress Julianna Margulies on the cover. "Look at this," Chada laments, rifling through articles about "ER" star Margulies, Oscar hype and teenage homophobia in Los Angeles high schools. "There are no 'must reads' here." Chada is more than a disappointed reader. She is the new majority owner of Buzz, the struggling 8-year-old magazine about Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 1997 | REBECCA ANDRADE
Although writer Sandra Tsing Loh was born in Newport Beach and raised in Malibu, she spent summers in Egypt, Brazil and other places she remembers as more stressful than exotic. Accounts of brushes with terrorists are typical of her tales of travels with her eccentric family. But it's the San Fernando Valley that captures Loh's imagination. For four years, the 35-year-old Van Nuys resident wrote a regular column about the Valley for trendy Buzz magazine.
NEWS
May 8, 1997 | IRENE LACHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
From the West L.A. window of Mark Smelzer's office at Buzz magazine, the working city shimmers in a thicket of tall buildings. But there's only one that Smelzer would like to leap in a single bound. "That's L.A. magazine," says the boyish publisher. "It keeps us on our toes." Buzz has been practicing its releves by appealing to its little patch of the universe--that redundancy known as hip Hollywood.
BUSINESS
October 19, 1996 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Buzz Magazine Names New Editor: Deputy editor Marilyn Bethany will replace Allan Mayer, a co-founder of the Los Angeles-based magazine who resigned as editor Tuesday. Bethany, who oversaw style coverage at Buzz, said there would be no drastic changes in the money-losing magazine, which has witnessed several high-level resignations.
BUSINESS
October 16, 1996 | DENISE GELLENE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Allan Mayer, a co-founder of Buzz magazine, resigned as editor on Tuesday, reportedly over differences with a consultant hired by the Los Angeles publication's wealthy Thai owner. Mayer's resignation comes six months after another co-founder, Susan Gates, was forced out as publisher in a dispute involving management consultant Ned Kennan. With Mayer gone, only one of the magazine's co-founders, Eden Collinsworth, remains.
NEWS
May 23, 1996 | IRENE LACHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sandra Tsing Loh is a radical among her friends. Loh's friends happen to fit the definition of set-painting, freelance bohemian types. So, of course, that means she's married, likes to barbecue and enjoys her happy home in the much- maligned Valley--pool, Ikea furniture and all. It was not always thus. In Loh's not-too-distant youth, the writer-cum-performance artist was in the throes of her avant-garde phase, living in that other Valley, the one where Pasadena nestles.
BUSINESS
October 19, 1996 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Buzz Magazine Names New Editor: Deputy editor Marilyn Bethany will replace Allan Mayer, a co-founder of the Los Angeles-based magazine who resigned as editor Tuesday. Bethany, who oversaw style coverage at Buzz, said there would be no drastic changes in the money-losing magazine, which has witnessed several high-level resignations.
BUSINESS
February 24, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
L.A. Style to Stop Publishing: The magazine, which confirmed that it is being bought by Los Angeles-based Buzz magazine for an undisclosed price, will cease publishing after its April issue. After that, Buzz plans to incorporate some L.A. Style editorial features and will transfer L.A. Style subscriptions to Buzz. The acquisition is expected to push Buzz's circulation above 100,000. Separately, officials at Los Angeles magazine said they had been offered a chance to buy L.A. Style but declined.
BUSINESS
April 23, 1996 | DENISE GELLENE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Behind the recent shake-up in the publisher's suite at Buzz magazine is a brash image consultant from Brooklyn who's helped sell the public on everything from luncheon meats to politicians. Ned Kennan is evidently taking no prisoners in his quest to remake the flashy, money-losing publication.
BUSINESS
March 13, 1996 | DENISE GELLENE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Susan Gates resigned as publisher of Buzz magazine Tuesday in what her successor called a disagreement over the direction of the 5-year-old Los Angeles publication. At the same time, the magazine announced unspecified plans for an expansion that is expected to include a foray into such unrelated services as home shopping. Allan Mayer, the magazine's new publisher, declined to discuss why Gates left, and she could not be reached for comment.
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